A tale of two video clips, both with CNN hack Howie Kurtz interviewing the Province of Ontario wing of the GOP, David Frum. Back in April 2010, Frum allegedly cuts Rush Limbaugh’s influence down to size, according to Mediaite stooge Tommy Christopher.
On Reliable Sources yesterday, the question of the “appropriateness” of President Obama‘s Limbaugh name-check came up again, and Frum took the opportunity to put the radio host’s audience numbers in perspective. While Limbaugh claims a “weekly audience” of 20 million, Frum cuts his influence on American politics down to size.
Frum judges, correctly, that this is a win-win for Obama and Limbaugh. The President can easily afford to piss off 3 million people who are never going to support him anyway, and Limbaugh certainly doesn’t suffer with that audience by being named by their bogeyman.
What’s really stunning about this story, however, is the comical sense of collective media amnesia. It was almost exactly a year ago that this same Limbaugh vs. Obama narrative was being played out, complete with the DNC executing the exact strategy Frum references here. The difference is that this year, Frum won’t have to apologize.
OK, so who came out of the 2010 elections looking better, Limbaugh or David Frum?
“Rush Limbaugh is one of the most unpopular people in the country,” according to Frum, and has zero influence.
Fast forward to Sunday, and here comes Frum again. Yet all of a sudden, the insignificant Limbaugh somehow has managed to derail the television career of Frum.
Frum admitted that after he wrote a column telling the Republican party to stop letting itself be influenced by Rush Limbaugh, he has had several on-screen invitations to Fox News pulled at the last minute. Kurtz asked Frum to explain his comment about Limbaugh, and Frum shot back by suggesting if the weight of the conservative movement was not so strong and activist, more moderate candidates could have entered the presidential race without fear of being blackballed and framed as RINOs.
Frum also laments that Fox, which apparently wants nothing to do with him, has created their own reality.
Unlike the reality in which Frum exists, as a nonentity within the conservative movement.